Following the first two county final qualifier events in athletics and climbing of the week, another excellent High 5 Netball competition saw one more Blackpool team securing a place for the 2019 SPAR Lancashire School Games in July.
The third Team Blackpool place of the week was contested at the Primary School High 5 Netball League Finals that were the culmination of an awesome season of netball in primary schools that saw the highest of amount schools taking part since the School Games landed in Blackpool. The season saw fixtures being played across three 3 leagues that engaged north, central and south schools in a series of matches in the weeks leading up to finals day. The leagues were won by St Nicholas, St John Vianney and Norbreck which meant that they would have to face off against each other for the right to represent Blackpool back on home turf at the SPAR Lancashire School Games. At the second time of asking due to some very unkind June weather, the three league winners headed for Stanley Park in a triangle final that would determine who would claim the tangerine t-shirts and head for the red rose round robin in July. The matches across the final highlighted just how far the schools have come in the realms of netball as all of the players gave their all in front of some very proud teachers, friends and family who lined the touchlines cheering them on. The players from St John Vianney were victorious in the final fixtures of the season and were congratulated by their fellow finalists as they stepped forward to receive their winners’ medals.
Dave Rohman, Blackpool School Games Organiser, said “Having so many county final qualifiers in the same week can be hard going to organise but after seeing the talent on show this week in each of the events makes it all worth it. To see over 200 Blackpool participants in the space of 36 hours competing to such a high standard is amazing and needs to be shouted about from the rooftops as we have some awesome children in our schools with very special sporting abilities. This week couldn’t have happened without the help of so many people including my colleagues at Sport Blackpool, our young leaders from Blackpool Sixth and the coaches and officials from Blackpool Netball Club and for that I am truly grateful. We still have 3 more places up for grabs in Team Blackpool along with the small matter of Blackpool Youth Games so it’s not quite time to stick the kettle on yet.”
The SPAR Lancashire School Games county finals will be held at Stanley Park, Blackpool on the 2nd July.